Epicenter – The CS:GO Grand Finals Overview

Epicenter host the biggest CS:GO event in Eastern Europe held in Moscow, Russia. The event took place from October 17th to 23rd. With a $500,000 prize pool at stake let’s see who became the champion of this Epic Esports Event.

The VTB Ice Hall sports arena was the venue for the semi and grand final of the tournament. This huge arena has a maximum capacity of 12,100 people. These eight teams were wittled down to two for the grand finals. One of which being the unlikely and unexpected Danish side, Team Dignitas. Here is an overview of the grand finals when underdogs Team Dignitas took on the Polish veterans, Virtus.pro.

Team Dignitas vs Virtus.pro (Best of three)

Rosters

Team Dignitas

  • Emil “Magiskb0y” Reif
  • Rene “CajunB” Borg
  • Ruben “Rubino” Villarroel
  • Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
  • Mathais “MSL” Lauridsen

Virtus.pro

  • Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas
  • Filip “neo” Kubski
  • Pawel “Byali” Bielinski
  • Jaroslaw “Pashabiceps” Jarzabkowski
  • Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski

After a close game against Na’Vi in the semi finals, Team Dignitas made it to the grand finals with the biggest win for their current roster. Magiskb0y’s great performances on every map led the Danes to victory. Virtus.pro had an unconvincing first game versus SK Gaming, but managed to bring clinch the second map, Nuke winning by three rounds. VP then sent SK home with a solid 16-4 victory on Cobblestone.

Map 1 – Nuke

Virtus.pro came out firing in the first map, winning the pistol round and putting Dignitas on the back foot. While the Danes had a poor economy Virtus.pro made sure they capitalized on it. Byali getting two triple kills in the first few rounds to extend their lead to 7-3.

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Virtus.pro’s TaZ. Courtesy of GosuGamers

Constantly Magisk was left in 1 vs x situations with no hope to clutch the round. Byali and Taz’s good showing put VP in a prime position up 11 rounds to 4 in the first half.

In the second half Team Dignitas took the pistol round followed by the next two. At 11-7 the Danes were beginning to close in, however VP had other ideas on their buy round. A successful defuse by Virtus.pro shut out Dignitas to go to 12 rounds. An incredible hold by Neo in round 20 stretched their lead further and put Dignitas under more pressure. Neo was beginning to show up after the demoralizing quadra kill hold and a double kill afterwards. The Poles were up 14-7 , yet Team Dignitas kept an unshakable mentality. They made sure they would at least go into double digits on their end and took it to 10-14. The Danes struggled to shut down Neo as he consistently put up high numbers with multiple frags each round. Although Dignitas got into double digits it was still a sour game for them. Virtus.pro took the map 16-11.

Map 2 – Cobblestone

Determined to put the last map behind them, Team Dignitas took an early lead with a pistol round win. Rubino’s nice triple put the Danes three rounds up. Virtus.pro started to play more cautiously on their CT side, Snax  provided the team with good holds to close the gap. In round 7, Magiskb0y got an amazing quadra kill but couldn’t put the cherry on the top for the clutch win. With the clock at less than ten seconds the young Dane went to plant the bomb. Completely unaware of how close Neo was, the veteran picked up the easy kill to take the round for VP.

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Team Dignitas’ Magiskb0y. Courtesy of HLTV.org

Despite this Magiskb0y was still performing brilliantly with a 12 kills and 5 deaths only 12 rounds into the map. Virtus.pro were feeling the strain on this map Neo was forced to win a gut-wrenching clutch vs MSL.

The first half ended 11-4 to Team Dignitas. Rubino lead his team to a second half pistol round win with an impressive USP triple kill. Magiskb0y and Rubino really carried the team on their back. Both boys had outstanding stats against the veterans of the game. The pair remained composed and closed out the map with a great 16-5 win.

Map 3 – Mirage

In the final map Dignitas won yet another pistol round in impressive fashion. The eco rush from VP caught out the CT side and leveled the scoring at 1-1. Although the Danes were startled they kept up their impressive form from the last map. At 7-1, Dignitas were performing like a top tier team. Rubino, MSL and Magiskb0y were giving Virtus.pro serious problems. The Polish side needed to pull something out of the bag. With the score at 1-12, Byali stepped up to do so with a fantastic ace. But it was to no avail.

The young Danes completely shut out VP’s T side with an extremely impressive first half finishing 13-2. With such a horrible scoreline for the Poles, the second half pistol round was a must win. Fortunately they took the round. Virtus.pro struggled to carry the momentum forward, every player on Team Dignitas was on fire. PashaBiceps and Snax were non-existent in the map the pair had a disappointing 16 kills combined in 21 rounds. Dignitas closed the map 16-5 and won the best of three 2-1.

“Today everyone was fired up!” – Ruben “Rubino” Villarroel

The underdogs became victors in this truly great series. We have a new team to take the Great Danes title from Astralis. The Danes had never been in a final as their current roster. The first final they reached they became champions. Team Dignitas battled through to claim their $250,000 first place prize.

HLTV’s tournament MVP was Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke.

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